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Costa red card appeal rejected by RFEF

SoccerNews in La Liga 10 Jan 2018

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The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has rejected Atletico Madrid’s appeal against the red card given to Diego Costa in the win over Getafe.

The striker was booked for a second time for celebrating among the supporters after scoring his side’s second goal in their 2-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico appealed against the decision but the RFEF’s disciplinary committee has dismissed their argument, meaning Costa must serve a one-match ban and pay a fine of €600.

In citing their reasons for upholding Costa’s second yellow card, the RFEF said: “The named player approached the spectators and, furthermore, embraced several fans, which the referee determined could produce a security problem, which is an infraction of the rules.”

However, Atletico were successful in overturning the booking given to forward Antoine Griezmann.

The France star was penalised for a foul on Sergio Mora in the 44th minute but the RFEF rescinded the punishment after Atleti provided video footage proving he won the ball in the challenge.

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